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App review: Survivalcraft, suspenseful sandbox adventure has iffy content in community mode

Parents need to know that Survivalcraft is extremely similar to Minecraft but might be scarier for some. This game includes lightning fires that destroy creations, man-eating sharks and killer whales, and animals being struck and killed by weapons. Kids can play in single-player mode - which means they see only their own creations - or they can get content from other players in the Community Content area, in which content isn't filtered and totally dependent on what the user chooses to build and write. If a player sees inappropriate content made by other players, it can be reported. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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Game review: Excellent art software teaches kids how to draw Disney characters

Parents need to know that "Disney Art Academy" - a joint effort between Disney and Nintendo - encourages kids to draw their favorite Disney and Pixar characters, or draw whatever they like in Free Paint mode. There aren't protagonists in the game, but players are tasked with drawing characters in a loose story mode. There isn't any inappropriate content parents needs to worry about, but players will be exposed to multiple characters that have vast merchandising.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Dueling with doulas

Dear Mr. Dad: Our baby is due in a few months and all of my wife's friends are recommending that we hire a doula as a birth companion. What are doulas and what do they do? More important, will a doula try to take over? My baby is being born and I want to be there for the birth.

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Living with Children: 'Puzzled Grandma' has right to be

"Puzzled Grandma in the South" recently wrote to "Dear Abby" asking "Why is there so much angst today over raising children, especially in young mothers?" Grandma has observed that moms of her generation (baby boomers) did not agonize over raising kids, and neither did her mother or grandmother. She also rightly points out that today's moms seem to lean a lot on expert advice, which she thinks is "a bunch of nonsense." Ironically, I agree.

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Ex-etiquette: Develop an exit plan for Nanny

Q: My fiance has a very high-powered job with a work schedule that requires a lot of overtime. His children have had the same nanny since they were babies. She currently works in my fiance's home when he has the kids - a week with dad and a week with mom. I also have two children, and have always been a stay at home mom. I would like to continue to stay home with the kids after I move in, but that means there will be no need for a nanny - and that presents a problem. I get along well with my fiance's ex and his children and the last thing I want to do is upset everyone. Are we making the right decision to let the nanny go? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Educational sites offer activities, videos, quizzes

For elementary school-age kids who are diving into a variety of topics and practicing new skills, websites are a great place for them to find engaging worlds where the learning often comes with a light touch and lots of fun. And unlike apps, which often focus on one skill or subject, websites can offer a wider selection of games and activities in a one-stop shop. Many websites are also at least free to try - if not totally free - which makes them a good bet for kids and parents. Check out our selections to find the right fit for your kid's interests and age.

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Movie review: 'X-Men Apocalypse,' '80s-set action flick has superhero-size violence and fab effects

Parents need to know that "X-Men: Apocalypse" (the third film in the "X-Men: First Class" reboot series), pits the super-powered heroes against a mighty foe who's bent on nothing less than laying waste to the whole world. Expect plenty of superhero-style action violence; aside from one sequence with some disturbing slashing, it's not particularly gory, but it does involve lots of combat, destruction, and weapons. There's also some swearing (mostly "piss," "damn," etc., but there's one use of "f--k"), a couple of scantily clad characters, and a few intense scenes centering around one character's loss of his family. Most of the popular X-Men from the prior movies are back, and there are a few new ones, too; overall, they're a pretty diverse bunch, with several strong women. And in the end, the story showcases the value of teamwork.

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Mama's Gotta Move: Labor and childbirth should empower women

Recently, I watched my sister Natalie labor for eight (of 12 total) hours and deliver a beautiful baby girl. She made it the whole way with no drugs, a feat she desired to achieve, but that she was fully willing to relinquish if things were not going smoothly or if the pain was too much to handle.

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